Basil Norris Ricketts
|Birthplace:||New York City, New York, New York, United States|
|Place of Burial:||Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States|
|Occupation:||mining, miller, Rough Rider|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About Sgt.Basil Norris Ricketts
Basil Norris Ricketts, son of James Brewerton Ricketts and Frances "Fanny" Lawrence, was b. in New York City on Dec. 21,1868.
During the Spanish-American War, Basil Norris Ricketts served in the Rough Riders in Cuba under Theodore Roosevelt . He enlisted as a private and left as a sargent. He was wounded in the hip.
He died Feb. 1,1910 and is buried near his father, Maj. General James B. Ricketts (USA), in Arlington National Cemetery.
- 1880 census: Basil M. (12), b. Washington D.C.; in Washington D.C. w parents and sister Fannie B. (13). 'I find it intriguing that there also resides there a BASIL NORRIS, aged 50 (b. Maryland) and wonder what his relationship is with the family. It would seem logical to assume that he was held in some esteem considering young Basil's name.' Although I could not find any definitive information of Basil Norris, I did find sources that made reference to one Dr. Basil Norris who was a physician to Andrew Johnson, Ulysses Grant*, and James Garfield.(see URL below).
- 1892 Calif. Voter Regis: Listed as Basil Morris Ricketts, aged 23, b. Washington D.C., event date 10/10/1892, event place Occidental Hotel, San Francisco, Calif. 'Note: this would be in keeping with the information within his enlistment papers to the 1st Cavalry, US Volunteers in 1898 where he listed his parent/guardian as Fanny Ricketts, San Jose, Calif.'
- Pay vouchers: 1st Cavalry, US Volunteers. Service to Cuba in the Spanish War.